Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released the preliminary Cook County budget for next year and she projects a 12 percent or $267.5 million gaping budget hole. And that's the good news. Next year it will be harder. Much harder.
When the Cook County budget comes up for a vote in the coming week, we will be dealing, yet again, with a patchwork set of fixes, an ill-conceived borrowing scheme, and a lack of attention to the real problems.